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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vettel signs another Finn to replace trainer

Sebastian Vettel has signed up a new trainer. Last month, it emerged that the reigning back-to-back world champion was parting with Tommi Parmakoski, who is returning to Finland to coach a women's hockey team. German Vettel, the Red Bull driver, worked with Parmakoski since 2009. The Sport Bild magazine said the 24-year-old has replaced him for 2012 with another Finn, 28-year-old Heikki Huovinen. The German report said Huovinen - recommended to Vettel by Parmakoski - has a masters in sports science and has worked at […]

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hembery: Quality of F1 2012 field 'perhaps highest ever'

The scene could be set for the most competitive season in F1 history, according to Pirelli's Paul Hembery. He is referring to the fact that six world champions - Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher - will be on the Melbourne grid in March. That is a quarter of the entire 24-car field. "That is probably the highest level (of quality in F1) ever," Hembery is quoted as saying by Finland's Turun Sanomat, "particularly when you take into […]

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012

Petrov to announce 2012 plans 'very soon'

Vitaly Petrov is promising news about his future "very soon". Caterham's Jarno Trulli last week played down rumours the well-sponsored Russian Petrov, a refugee of the former Renault (now Lotus) team, could be set to replace him. "Very soon is all I can say," Petrov answered his Twitter followers when asked when official news about his plans for 2012 can be expected. "My friends, be patient," he added in Russian. Meanwhile, Finland's Turun Sanomat said it has not yet been decided if Trulli or his […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Petrov in talks for Caterham third driver role

Vitaly Petrov is in talks about becoming Caterham's third and reserve driver in 2012. Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper reports that the Russian's manager, Oksana Kosachenko, visited the former Team Lotus outfit's Hingham (UK) headquarters last week. 27-year-old Petrov has been dropped by Renault (now Lotus) after his first two seasons in the sport. It has been rumoured that the race seat alongside Heikki Kovalainen at Caterham might be up for grabs for 2012, but Turun Sanomat said it is now likely that Jarno Trulli's contract […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lotus to run radical braking system in 2012

Lotus could set the trend with the first major innovation of the 2012 season. Finland's Turun Sanomat reports that Giorgio Piolo - arguably F1's most respected technical illustrator - has revealed that Lotus' new car features a radical braking system. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the system is similar to the mass damper innovation pioneered by the Enstone based team (then Renault) some years ago. The innovation was reportedly discovered during the young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi. Turun Sanomat explained that the driver-operated […]

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Embratel could be new Williams sponsor

Bruno Senna could bring a new title sponsor to Williams. A spokeswoman for the beleaguered British team has confirmed to the Telegraph that American telecommunications multinational AT&T is no longer its title sponsor. "We have reached the conclusion of our partnership, the contract expired on December 31 by mutual agreement," she said. The Reuters news agency said Williams, ninth in the constructors' championship last season, is in "advanced negotiations" over title sponsorship with another telecommunications company. Finland's Turun Sanomat said one candidate is Embratel, a […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ferrari shops at McLaren to boost aerodynamics

Pat Fry has attracted a swathe of engineers to follow his move from McLaren to Ferrari. After a long and fruitful McLaren career, Briton Fry switched to Ferrari last year and is now the famous Italian team's chassis technical director. According to Italy's Corriere dello Sport, he has convinced his former senior McLaren colleagues including Rupad Darekar, Jonathan Heal, Ioannis Veloudis, Lawrence Hodge and Giacomo Tortora to join him at Ferrari. And Finland's Turun Sanomat reports that McLaren's aerodynamics project leader Marcin Budkowski is also […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Petrov and van der Garde key to 2012 driver market

Vitaly Petrov and Giedo van der Garde are the keys to the remaining seats on the 2012 driver market. That is the claim of Finland's Turun Sanomat, revealing that the management of Russian Petrov - ousted by Lotus/Renault - has been in talks with Toro Rosso, Williams, Marussia and HRT. It is believed that, given the fact he had a year to run on his existing contract, Lotus must have had to pay Petrov in full for the 2012 season. On top of that money, […]

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

FOTA alliance crumbles as Sauber, Toro Rosso depart

The teams alliance FOTA looks set to dwindle to just seven members, as Sauber confirms it is pulling out amid speculation Toro Rosso will shortly follow. With HRT already a non-member, the latest development follows last week's news that the biggest-budget Ferrari and Red Bull teams had pulled out. International media reports quoted official spokespeople for Swiss based team Sauber as confirming that notice has been given to FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh. "The reasons were communicated to the teams of the association, but they will […]

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011

Four drivers await news from Lotus-Renault

Bruno Senna is in the running among at least another trio of rivals to become Kimi Raikkonen's race teammate at Lotus in 2012. One of them is Adrian Sutil, who thinks that after his best ever season with Force India, it is "absurd" that he has not already been offered a new contract. "Yes, I totally agree," he told F1's official website, adding that he would happily switch to Renault and have 2007 world champion Raikkonen as his new teammate. "Kimi would be a great […]

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011

No Friday outings on street tracks for Bottas

Williams' new reserve driver Valtteri Bottas will not start his Friday practice duties until after the 2012 season opener in Australia. The Finn will only start appearing in the Renault-powered FW34 in Malaysia, a week after the first race, Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper revealed. The newspaper also said Finn Bottas, 22 and fresh out of the junior GP3 class, will probably not split his 2012 programme with a race seat in another category. "It might be better to invest 110 per cent in formula one," […]

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011

Berger linked with Lotus Renault role

Gerhard Berger has emerged as a contender to work with the Lotus Renault team. Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport and Finland's Turun Sanomat report that the former grand prix winner, BMW motor sport director and Toro Rosso co-owner has been sounded out by Lotus' owner Genii Capital. "Team boss Eric Boullier is rumoured to be leaving his duties," wrote journalist Heikki Kulta. Additionally, former McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan was in the Renault garage last weekend at Interlagos, with team figures coy about his possible […]